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Mrs Fahrenheit Posts: 1582
So whenever I look whose this forum it mentions Majestic-12 [Bot] or google [Bot]. Any technical minded wollies able satisfy my curiousity and tell me what these Bots are?
shepiena Posts: 188
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bot this might be it,
theoracle Posts: 7664
Search engines have they own little 'crawlers' who crawl the net for updates and new info so that the search engine results remain top current. Hence, if you type in what are bots in googl elater on, this post will come up as one of the top 3 searches guaranteed! That is why they say that if you have a dynamic part of your website that changes frequently, your site will be 'crawled' more often and you''ll rate better in the searches.
Smileykaz Posts: 7296
As far as I know they're search engines, they crawl all websites all the time for snapshots of the site to bring up in searches, like when you use Google or whatever. The technical stuff behind them I don't know, but they're normal, nothing to worry about.
Mrs Fahrenheit Posts: 1582
:thnk Thank you people! Very interesting. Nope wasn't worried - was just curious.